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HMP droid gunship
Production information
Manufacturer
Model

HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship[1]

Class

Airspeeder[3]

Cost
  • New: 60,000 credits[3]
  • Used: 30,000 credits[3]
Technical specifications
Length

12.3 meters[1] to 18.2 meters[2]

Width

11 meters[4]

Height/depth

3.1 meters[1]

Maximum acceleration

100 G[1]

MGLT

50[5]

Maximum
atmospheric speed

820 km/h[2] to 14,200 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive system

None[3]

Armament
Crew

Integrated droid brain[1]

Passengers

None[3]

Cargo capacity

Possible droid deployment racks[6]

Usage
Role(s)

Aerial assault craft[1]

Year introduced

c. 22 BBY[7]

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[8]

Affiliation
"Uh-oh."
―Vilmarh Grahrk upon seeing an HMP[src]

The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship, also simply known as the droid gunship, Separatist gunship, or HMP Predator, was deployed by the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS) relatively late in the Clone Wars and was based on the design of the older Mechanized Assault Flyer. A shielded missile platform, the gunship was designed for air strikes in planetary atmospheres. Though the ship was slower and less maneuverable than smaller fighters, it made up in its heavy and powerful arsenal. HMPs were armed with two laser cannon turrets one medium laser cannon, two light laser cannons, and 14 missiles. The gunship was able to carry a large variety of ordnance ranging from concussion bombs to torpedoes and electromagnetic pulse missiles.

Heavy Missile Platforms were developed by Baktoid Fleet Ordnance and Haor Chall Engineering for the Separatist Droid Army in response to the success of the Grand Army of the Republic's Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunship. The gunships saw their first major Clone Wars action around 20 BBY when four of them were deployed on the planet Onderon to fight off an army of rebels. The HMPs would later be used to escort General Grievous and a boarding party to the Republic Navy's Negotiator. The gunships would again be used during the Battle of Kashyyyk in 19 BBY. After the Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire that same year, the armies of the CIS were deactivated. However, a Geonosian named Gizor Dellso used one of these gunships to board an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer during the Battle of Mustafar. It was destroyed by the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion.

CharacteristicsEdit

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HMP cross-section

"By your command."
―A gunship to General Kalani[src]

The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship, often referred to as "droid gunship,"[1] "Separatist gunship,"[9] or "HMP Predator,"[10] was a heavily-shielded aerial missile platform. Units ranged in length from 12.3 meters[1] to 18.2 meters[2] and were eleven meters wide and 3.1 meters tall. Droid gunships sold for 60,000AurebeshSans-Serif credit new and 30,000AurebeshSans-Serif credit used. On either side of the gunship's nose were large spheres. These spheres, which could freely rotate both vertically and horizontally, housed a number of important systems including the targeting scanners, targeting sensor ports, and capacitors that were used to accumulate energy for the two medium laser cannons that were mounted on the spheres. Between the two spheres were moving mandibles, a rotating mount for a medium cannon mounted on the gunship's chin, and inductors that supplied power to the sphere cannons through ball socket gaps. On top of the nose were two photoreceptor eyes, long-range sensor ports, the processor for the sensors and antennae, the portside targeting processor, and the starboard deflector shield generator. On the side of the nose were the fuel tanks that were exposed in order to keep radioactive fuel particles from damaging systems located under the ship's shell.[1]

The rear of the ship was composed of a large disc. Inside the disc were the power cells, the inner support frame, repulsorlift generator, fuel pumps, and the repulsor projector grid that applied the ship's anti-gravitational lift. On the outside of the disc were the ion drive thrusters, located in grooves on the disc surface, the cooling radiator, the waste gas vent, the shield projector, and a sponsorship emblem of Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries. In the center of the disc was the ship's reactor core, and on the front of the disc were the ship's binocular range finders used to aid in long-range spacial sense and missile guidance. On the right and left sides of the disc were modular wings that could be removed or equipped with an explosive payload.[1]

CapabilitiesEdit

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A droid gunship chasing rebels on Onderon during the Clone Wars

The HMP's repulsorlift would steadily drive the gunship in flight, allowing for stable shooting in battle. The gunship ran off an especially superdense radioactive fuel supplied by Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries.[1] The gunships were also equipped with ray shields and vocabulators. BX-series droid commandos were capable of riding on and using the gunships as firing platforms.[11] Late in the war, the gunships were also modified to carry B2 super battle droids in ventral racks.[12] The gunship also had a variant capable of short space travel.[8] The HMP had a maximum acceleration of 100G and could reach atmospheric speeds of up to 14,200 kilometers per hour[1] or fifty megalights per hour (MGLT).[5] The ship was not equipped with a hyperdrive.[3]

OrdnanceEdit

Designed for air strikes in planetary atmospheres, the droid gunship compensated for its sluggish airspeed with a powerful arsenal of weaponry. An HMP gunship's standard weapons configuration consisted of two laser cannon turrets, one medium laser cannon, two light laser cannons, and 14 missiles. The gunship's modular wings allowed the HMP to carry a wide variety of ordnance, from concussion bombs and torpedoes to electromagnetic pulse missiles. Seven missile launchers were located on either side of the gunship's main body, below the large aft-mounted disc housing the reactor core. The ships could also be fitted with droid deployment racks for insertion and extraction into heavy combat area.[6]

HistoryEdit

"Your gunships have failed!"
―Sanjay Rash to General Kalani after the Separatist defeat on Onderon[src]
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HMP gunships use their vocabulators to communicate with General Kalani.

Heavy Missile Platform gunships were developed late during the Clone Wars[6] by Haor Chall Engineering[2] and Baktoid Fleet Ordnance for the Separatist Droid Army in response to the enormous success of the Grand Army of the Republic's Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry (LAAT/i).[13] Local dictators like Ado Eemon were often contracted to add to the production of the HMP and were usually supplied with a small percent of the production run, which was used to supplement their personal forces and help enforce their own rule.[1]

The gunships made their first appearance in battle around 20 BBY[7] when a quartet of gunships were deployed under the command of super tactical droid General Kalani on the planet Onderon to defeat an army of rebels that had gathered in the highlands. Although they were able to kill many rebels, they were all shot down after the rebels received a shipment of missile launchers delivered by the pirate Hondo Ohnaka and paid for by Anakin Skywalker. A crashed gunship, though, used its last energy to kill the rebel leader Steela Gerrera by shooting at Ahsoka Tano who was attempting to use the Force to save Steela from a cliff's edge. General Kalani evacuated the remaining Separatist forces from the planet after the defeat.[11] During an attack on the starfleet of Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, droid gunships were used to deploy battle droids in an effort by General Grievous to board the Negotiator, Kenobi's flagship. The ship self-destructed, however, as Kenobi and the surviving clones evacuated via escape pods.[14] One gunship during the Battle of Ringo Vinda was used to ambush a Nu-class shuttle carrying an aberrant clone, Tup.[12] At one point, gunships were also used during the Separatist invasion of Scipio to deploy a garrison of battle droids.[15] The gunships were also used by the Separatists during the Battle of Kashyyyk in 19 BBY.[16] One gunship shot down the starship Inferno owned by the Devaronian smuggler Vilmarh Grahrk. The Inferno crashed into water, but the gunship was destroyed as it was moving in to finish the ship off.[17] The battle resulted in a defeat for the droid army.[16] Directly after the end of the Clone Wars, a HMP was used by the Geonosian Gizor Dellso's droid forces to board an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer during the Battle of Mustafar. It was destroyed, along with the droids, by the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Heavy Missile Platform resembles an early concept of the Republic gunship unused for Attack of the Clones. The head of the HMP also closely resembles that of the early concept design of the AT-AT.[source?]

In the 2005 video game Star Wars: Battlefront II, HMPs serve as the Separatist space transport unit, and for gameplay purposes are piloted by droid characters although other sources such as Star Wars: Complete Locations say the gunships have an integrated droid brain.

For Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the concept art was created by TJ Frame and based off the design of Trade Federation vessels from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. For the script of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five episode "Tipping Points," they were called "HMP Predators."[10]

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